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Regarding the incident Israel National News reported:
“The victims are Rabbi Eitam Henkin and Naama Henkin, residents of the community of Neria. They were murdered by terrorists who opened fire towards their vehicle as they were driving between Itamar and Elon Moreh, and were murdered in front of their four children.”
The day before the attack the Palestinian Arab flag was symbolically raised at the United Nations. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas spoke before the United Nations. Former mayor of Shiloh, David Rubin, wrote concerning this attack:
“As Israel bitterly mourns another two parent victims of Islamic terror and as their bewildered four young children are forced to bury their parents, Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, has proudly declared that the Fatah terrorist group, led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is responsible for the heinous murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin yesterday in Samaria.”
David Rubin founded an organization to assist children affected by terrorism, after he and his own son were wounded in a terror attack. These four orphans will be children who could be helped by David’s organization, “Shiloh Children’s Fund” www.shilohisraelchildren.org
Today, Saturday, there was another terror attack this time in Jerusalem – this time a stabbing attack. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a father of seven and Aharon Bennett were reported as murdered in the attack along with 2 wounded. They were on their way to pray at the Western Wall. The American State Department condemned the attack and urged “…all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation”. (Meanwhile today the United States is being blamed for an Afghan hospital bombing and resulting carnage.) Again as I am working on Bible in the News it is difficult to find the news of this terror attack on large news websites.
Why are these terror attacks being played down by the media? Why are they not on the front page or featured on major news websites? Israel is often on the front page and events that happen in Israel are counted as being significant in world affairs. For example, if Israel decided to build some new homes in the “West Bank” it would be front page news and most likely a special session of the United Nations would be called for. The media has been consistently biased against Israel for decades and it is only becoming worse. Especially seeing that the couple murdered were residents of the so-called “occupied West Bank”, where they were gunned down. In the eyes of many this makes them legitimate targets. The other stabbings were in Jerusalem in the old city near the Lion’s gate. Again an area of controversy, desired by Palestinian Arabs as the capital for their future envisioned state.
In the book “Exposition of Daniel” first published in 1868 under the name, “Anatolia, etc.”, John Thomas wrote about the future of Judah as revealed in the book of Daniel’s prophecy. He saw that Judah had been broken and oppressed, yet their breakers, or oppressors had not been ground to powder by the little stone power of Daniel chapter two. On page 54 he wrote, “Judah has been broken, but their “breakers” have not been “ground to powder” by the Stone. The time, however, fast approaches; and the nearer it arrives, the more important do all questions become bearing upon Judah’s land, and Zion, the city of their king.”
This statement written almost 150 years ago has incredible foresight. Today there is fervent controversy regarding the area of the West Bank and Jerusalem. A large portion of the West Bank being the area of Judah and Jerusalem of course being the capital city. Questions bearing upon Judah’s land, and Zion, the city of their king.
Certainly we live in the era of the “controversy of Zion” – Isaiah 34:8 “For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.”
This “day of the LORD’S vengeance” is the battle of Armageddon. Isaiah 34:2 says, “For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” These verses create a strong connection to the next chapter, Isaiah 35. Clearly a chapter of the coming age of righteousness – the kingdom of God – when the “dessert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose”. Isaiah 35:4 speaks of this “day of vengeance” that leads to the kingdom age. “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.”
In Revelation 16 where we read about the battle of Armageddon, it is revealed that the cause of this battle are the “frog spirits” that go out into the world and gather the nations to that great day.
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
The dragon and the beast are political powers who are of Roman origin. Earlier in Revelation the dragon gave the beast political power and a throne (Revelation 13:1). The beast can be easily traced back to the beasts outlined in the book of Daniel and chapter 7, from the information given in Revelation 13 verses 1 and 2. The beasts in Daniel 7 are the succession of four great empires which ruled over the land of Judah; Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. From this we understand that the dragon is a symbol of the Roman Empire with political power and a throne. The false prophet is a religious power associated with them. He makes the same pronouncements and is judged and destroyed in the same location as the beast – Revelation 20:10. The false prophet is a Roman false prophet.
The “unclean spirits like frogs” come out of the mouths of these political and religious powers and convince the nations to make war against Israel. “Spirits” that issue from the mouth are teachings. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” These frog like spirits issuing from the mouth of the false prophet are obviously some of the kind that we should be warned about. They are like frogs because of the destroying and corrupting effect of the frogs upon the land of Egypt, when that land was judged at the time of the Exodus. Psalm 78:45 says: “He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.” The word “destroyed” means “to destroy, corrupt”.
From this we understand that it is corrupt teachings from political and religious powers that gather the nations against the land of Israel, to the battle of that great day of God Almighty – the day of the LORD’s vengeance. The media is the mouth piece of the political powers, so it should be entirely expected that the media would be biased against Israel and in fact playing a role in gathering the nations to the battle of the great day. Revelation 16 is a warning to us, to not trust the media!
The media’s treatment of Israel is distressing and dangerous. Distressing because of the injustice. Dangerous as we may become corrupted in our thinking of God’s purpose with Israel. It is also a striking fulfillment of Bible prophecy, that forcefully demonstrates that we are indeed living in the last days.
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” – Revelation 16:15
Return next week God willing to www.bibleinthenews.com as we continue to consider the signs of the times. This has been David Billington with you.